Monday 29 September 2014

There go the drifters ... here come the carpenters

The last two weekends have seen visits to Corrieshalloch and Fencehouses ... inspirational stuff in both cases, though for different reasons.

Nearer to home, the roofers have done their bit and now the carpenters have moved in to install the window frames.

Will miss the next group session (going to Furness MRC's exhibition in Barrow) but should be there in November by which time I'm hoping that I might have finished the station master's house and the two halves of the building can be joined together and presented as one.

In the meantime, here are some progress shots of the waiting room ...

Tuesday 16 September 2014

More scenic developments

Following on from David's post yesterday, here's a few photos taken at the meeting on Saturday showing some of the scenic work which is currently afoot.
Firstly, Alan Pollock has built the bridge at the Halifax end of the layout -

This will form part of a group of bridges at the Halifax end over both the main lines and the entrance to Brookes Ltd.

Another photo of David's station building in place, looking up the line towards Bradford -

Some work on checking the clearances of the footbridge also took place, in advance of etches of the footbridge itself being produced by Bob Jones - this is Chris Arthur's 3F Tank and a Stanier Coach being used to check the clearances -

At the end of this month we'll be making a field visit to Lightcliffe to check over what remains there, particularly the bridges. Much of the area has been built upon since the 1930s and Brookes is no more but the visit should be useful.

Also, the layout may be moving elsewhere in the KMRC clubroom, however this is all in the early stages and at our next meeting on Saturday October 11th we'll be discussing this together with fiddle yard plans as well as more scenery work and finising off the linkage for the single slip!

Monday 15 September 2014

When this old world starts getting you down ...

Twas a good turn out at the weekend and good to see Neil Moxon for the first time in a while (don't leave it so long next time Neil!).

Plans made for the site visit after Halifax show (when hopefully we'll be able to grab Bob Jones for five minutes to talk footbridges) and a good discussion about scenics.

Bit of a bombshell at the end about the space allocated for the layout at KMRC's clubrooms, but we'll just have to see how that pans out.

Anyway, the painters have put in an appearance at last and have tarted up the waiting room, followed closely by the glaziers and now the roofers are in residence!

Thought about using plasticard roofing and experimented with self-adhesive slates, but wasn't happy with either so have chopped up some slate effect slips from Richard Stacey ( and have now started to apply those to the roof. Stick a CD on and it's all very theraputic!

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Scenic Developments and The September Meeting

At the August Meeting, there were some new developments on the scenic front.

Firstly, here's David Varley's station building in situ on the layout....


Alan Pollock has also been at work on the tunnel entrance at the Bradford end of the layout -

As you can see, these are both still in progress and to help with matters some of us will be making a field trip to Lightcliffe at the end of September to confirm a few details.

This month's meeting will be more work on Lightcliffe, as well as running repairs on the test track, meeting at Keighley MRC from 2pm!